Following a whirlwind 2021, JUNO nominated, alternative-pop band Valley kicked off the new year with the release of a three-track EP, The After Party, out now via Capitol Records.
The After Party is released as an extension of the band’s previous EP, Last Birthday (October 2021) and as lead singer, Rob Laska notes “our most personal songs we’ve ever written as a band to date.” The three new songs mirror the upbeat energy of the previous EP, taking a more somber approach to the music and lyrics. “Last Birthday” is a standout track on this latest project which Valley worked on over the past two years and signifies the final release of the Last Birthday era. “The song really explains what we’ve been trying to put into words for a long time,” the band explains, “in a way it feels like the first song we’re singing directly to ourselves and our fans.” To illustrate the significance of “Last Birthday,” the band shared a Song Stories video explaining the process of writing and creating the new song. Watch the Song Story for “Last Birthday” HERE.
Last year was nonstop for Valley with a steady release schedule, each song capturing the feeling of relatable moments in time while being perfectly danceable. The explosive first single of 2021, “Like 1999” whose genesis traces back to a viral TikTok post that drove the band to finish the track in under 48 hours and went on to push their catalog to over 280 million global streams. The band performed “Like 1999” for the 2021 MYX Awards in the Philippines. Back at home, Valley was selected as Apple Music’s Up Next artist for Canada in September, joining the vast Up Next roster of past Canadian talent including Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, and Tate McRae.
Valley burst back into playing live last year, reconnecting with fans across North America. The band played their first American festivals over the summer and recently sold out shows with COIN on a 17-date North American tour. The band finished the year with two epic hometown shows at The Opera House in Toronto. Valley is gearing up for the ‘I’ll Be With You Tour,’ the band’s first-ever headlining tour with 30 dates across North America. The tour is almost entirely sold out with tickets and details available on Valley’s website.
THE AFTER PARTY EP Tracklisting
- Last Birthday
- 7 Stories
- Paper Cup (sorry for myself)
‘I’ll Be with You’ North American Tour Dates
February 16 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair SOLD OUT
February 18 New York, NY Irving Plaza
February 19 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at the Fillmore SOLD OUT
February 20 Washington, DC Songbyrd SOLD OUT
February 22 Nashville, TN Basement East SOLD OUT
February 23 Atlanta, GA The Loft
February 25 Austin, TX Antones SOLD OUT
February 26 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room @ House of Blues SOLD OUT
March 1 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge SOLD OUT
March 3 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour SOLD OUT
March 4 San Francisco, CA Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
March 5 Santa Cruz, CA The Atrium @ Catalyst
March 8 Portland, OR Holocene
March 9 Seattle, WA The Crocodile Second Stage SOLD OUT
March 11 Salt Lake City, UT The Grand @ The Complex SOLD OUT
March 12 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
March 15 Chicago, IL Subterranean SOLD OUT
March 16 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry SOLD OUT
March 18 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
March 19 Saskatoon, SK Amigos
March 22 Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom
March 23 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
March 25 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
March 26 Calgary, AB Commonwealth
April 14 St Catharines, ON Warehouse
April 15 London, ON Rum Runners
April 16 Waterloo, ON Maxwell’s
Valley, comprised of Rob Laska, Karah James, Mickey Brandolino, and Alex DiMauro, has spent the past two years developing organic buzz through a personal and intimate connection with their fans. Valley put together alternative pop with the care, adventurousness, and personal touch of a handmade burned CD. Cycling through moods like your favorite throwback Pinterest board, the Toronto quartet amplify sticky hooks through eloquent songcraft that’s cognizant of what came before, yet ready for the future. In 2016, Valley formed by accident when a local studio double booked them. During high school, Mike and Karah played in one band, while Rob and Alex played in another. They introduced themselves with self-written, self-produced releases, including the EP This Room Is White (2016), the full-length debut MAYBE (2019) and their EP sucks to see you doing better (2020). They joined Lennon Stella and The Band CAMINO on sold out tours across North America and even picked up a 2020 JUNO Award nomination in the category of “Breakthrough Group of the Year.” Most recently, the band released their latest EP Last Birthday via Capitol Records and joined COIN for a North American tour.